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Shrewsbury leadership program awards scholarship winners

August 18th, 2014

Terry Cassidy awards the members of the winning Green Team scholarship prizes. (Photos/Alexandra Molnar)

Shrewsbury – The T.R.A.I.L.Blazers Shrewsbury Youth Leadership Institute recently wrapped up its fifth year of the week-long leadership program with team presentations resulting in six scholarship winners. The goal of the program, organized by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS), is to give students “the opportunity to practice leadership but also to build their confidence, self-esteem, and knowledge of what it is to be a leader,” said Terry Cassidy, SYFS executive director.

Westborough Girl Scouts explore Nantucket

August 18th, 2014

(l to r) Girl Scouts Ella Fox, Lydia O’Connell, Jordan Connolly, Helena Spofford and Elizabeth Baldwin, Mary McCormack and Sarah Masciarelli enjoy kayaking. (Photo/submitted)

Westborough -When most people think of Girl Scout trips, they think of going hiking to some strange mountain to do community service and save the world, all the while keeping some “goody goody” reputation. But Westborough Girl Scout Troop 30507, proved this stereotype wrong. Of course, we do hike and do community service, and probably will save the world sometime, but this trip was a little different.

A look back at the Red Barn Theatre on the Turnpike

August 18th, 2014

The Original Red Barn Theatre (Photo courtesy/ Westborough Public Library)

Westborough – For 20 years, starting with its opening day, July 2, 1938, the Red Barn Theatre, located at the intersection of Routes 9 and 30, offered a different play every week for a 26-week season. The Barn entertained summer stock followers, hired resident extras and service people. The actors and actresses stayed at Crossways, Waite’s Twilight Cabins or Dumont’s Cabins and ate at local restaurants. The theater was advertised in the New York Times theater section with 89 other summer theaters along the East Coast known as the Straw Hat Circuit. A new cast of stars traveled to each venue on a weekly basis throughout the summer season.

Donald J. Green named Spirit of Shrewsbury grand marshal

August 17th, 2014

Donald J. Green, the 2014 Spirit of Shrewsbury grand marshal
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Shrewsbury – The Planning Committee for the 2014 Spirit of Shrewsbury is delighted to announce Donald J. Green as the Grand Marshal for the 18th annual Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival.

Former Assabet coach arraigned for sexual assaults on youth players

August 17th, 2014

Region – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan released this statement Aug. 15:

A Marlborough man has been arraigned on charges alleging inappropriate physical contact with players on his team while employed as a varsity volleyball coach at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough.

Update on Fort Meadow Reservoir beach closures

August 15th, 2014

Hudson/Marlborough – The Hudson Board of Health has released an update on the cyanobacteria bloom at Fort Meadow Reservoir: A water sample was collected by Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) at Centennial Beach in Hudson and Memorial Beach in Marlborough on Tuesday, August 12th. Laboratory analysis showed cyanobacteria levels of 62,000 cells/ml and 30,000 [...]

Southborough resident an International Master in Chess

August 13th, 2014

James Rizzitano plays former World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal at the 1988 National Open in Chicago. The game ended in a draw. Mikhail Tal is from Riga, Latvia, and was the World Chess Champion in 1961. (Photo/submitted)

Southborough – James Rizzitano’s interest in chess started one summer when he was around 11 years old. After he was stung by a bee and had a very allergic reaction, he was cautious for the rest of the summer playing board games and reading. He first read about how to play chess in a book, and since then, Rizzitano, a Southborough resident, has played 2,500 games in tournaments, become an International Master, and written five books on the game of chess.

New England Music Academy to offer free class

August 13th, 2014

Westborough – New England Music Academy, 30 Lyman St. #50, in Westborough is offering a free class Wednesday, Aug. 20, for preschool and early elementary children and their parents. The academy offers a unique approach to music education that includes all the aspects of traditional early childhood music education, but also includes keyboarding and music [...]

Marlborough Savings Bank donates to bereavement camp program

August 13th, 2014

(l to r) Leon Manzon, personal banker; Ellen Dorian, executive vice president - retail banking Marlborough Savings Bank; Cindy Mayher, Parmenter Foundation, executive director; and Donna Driscoll, branch manager, Marlborough Savings Bank.
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Marlborough – Marlborough Savings Charitable Foundation recently donated $2,500 to The Parmenter Foundation for its Camp Erin Boston program. Camp Erin Boston is a free weekend overnight bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Marlborough Savings Charitable Foundation was formed to further [...]

Local couple celebrates 75th wedding anniversary

August 13th, 2014

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Hudson/Northborough – In a day and age where nearly half of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce, a local couple have truly been the exception to that statistic. This year, on Aug. 5, Walter and Phyllis Munyon celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

The couple was married in St. Luke’s Church in Hudson in 1939 just before the United States became involved in WWII. In 1941 they moved from Hudson to Berlin.

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